"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” - Special Olympics oath


Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding is one of only a few centers in the area with a team of riders who participate in the Special Olympics of Illinois Equestrian Events.

Horsefeathers provides additional coaching and support for its Special Olympics team and also hosts four qualifying horse shows through Spring and Summer in order for our riders to practice competing in front of an audience and a judge.

Many of our riders’ family members have commented that attaining this goal is the highlight of their child’s year - and that the hours spent in lessons leading up to the horse shows and Special Olympics provide a structure and something meaningful to work toward. 

Horsefeathers always brings experienced volunteers to help our (human and equine) athletes on the road trip and the exciting weekend each October.